BOOKS: Bound for Art Deco Glory

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Art Deco Bookbindings
It figures that a book about Art Deco bookbinding would come in a pretty sharp Art Deco-ish cloth binding, but, at $35, it can hardly be expected to compete with the Deco dazzlement of the photographs found within. And the 60 color pages in Art Deco Bookbindings: The Work of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler, by Yves Peyré and H. George Fletcher, from Princeton Architectural Press (www.papress.com), will set any bibliophile's B-spot on fire. "Before dust jackets wrapped every hardcover behind a shield of paper, a book's binding was its only advertisement, and the shelves of bibliophiles were lined with staid leather-bound tomes," according to the publisher. "Then came the Art Deco designs of Legrain and Adler, who transformed bookbinding into a medium of playful and dazzling experimentation and craftsmanship. Their colorful, imaginative works, often made in exotic materials, are found only in a few prized collections and have rarely been available to the general public. Among the brilliant array of bindings are ones made especially for works by Colette, Paul Verlaine, André Gide, Guillaume Apollinaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, Michel Leiris and Jean Giraudoux." Oui!

Photoshop Fix
To bring us back to high-tech reality, Dynamic Graphics Group has announced the launch of Photoshop Fix, a 16-page monthly magazine devoted entirely to Photoshop and targeted to intermediate to advanced users. It features guest columnists, tutorials and tips, step-by-step instruction and more, in what is promised to be "a concise, quick read, where readers will be able to look at a page clearly, see the end result, see the images that led up to it and feel they could immediately implement the technique without wading through unnecessary verbiage." Sort of like Dubya in Iraq. See www.photoshopfix.com for more.
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